Saturday, May 16, 2015

Honor Police officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

St. Petersburg Police Department
Memorial Service
Demens Landing
Monday May 18th, 2015 7:30 pm


Friday, March 20, 2015

Bartlett Park Neighborhood Association congratulates the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for success in bringing justice to farmworkers and thanks them for starting the #FairFood Parade in Bartlett Park

Monday, January 19, 2015

We still need help getting lighting for this walkway.

This weekend a big part of the cleanup was completed. Overgrowth that kept the path in total darkness was trimmed and put in a huge pile. In recent weeks a light pole was installed and we hope this light goes on sometime soon. Palm trees were trimmed near the power line and more light goes through to the path.

Thank you volunteers!

This has been reported to SeeClickFix. You can click here for an update.

The neighborhood association is planning to continue cleanups of our pedestrian/bike path. We need  to keep it from becoming overgrown again.
Recent photos:
Broken street light

 and thick vegetation
made the walkway completely dark at night. 

Pruning made an improvement but lighting is still needed

The path connects 13th Avenue South at 7th Street and  11 Avenue South at 6th Street.

Please contact us if you can volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning.

Bartlett Park Community Resource Center
642 22nd Avenue South, 33705

Looking south from 12th Ave toward 13th.

Do you have any ideas for landscaping?

Home of the late Joseph Savage on the left. A heroic leader of our city and good friend and neighbor.

The Northern section has just been improved with hexblocks and planters.

Decorated for community event.

The Pinellas Trail will connect to our neighborhood bringing more people walk and bike and connecting residents to jobs and schools.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

MLK Day of Service 2015
  Bartlett Park Community Garden

Volunteers installed solar powered water irrigation system and hosted a community dinner of garden raised food

State Representative Darryl Rouson provided critical support to our volunteer efforts here and throughout the community.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. Visit
A message for all AmeriCorps Alumni and AmeriCorps Members:

As you know, January 15, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in 2007, is a very important day for the national service family. We are responsible for leading the efforts to expand participation across the country to make Dr. King's memorial holiday "a day on, not a day off." And, if we all join this effort - not only serving but leading others in service - we can GET THIS DONE!

We would like to encourage and challenge all AmeriCorps members, both past and present, to plan a volunteer project to help honor Dr. King. You may wish to coordinate a project with your co-workers, or with a volunteer organization you may work with, or perhaps with a group of local Alumni. To assist with the the planning and operation of a project there are resources available, including a tool kit, at Among these resources the Corporation for National and Community Service has developed an MLK Day of Service project registry and volunteer management tool. This tool can be used to do something as simple as just list your project in a national registry, or you can also use it to register volunteers, communicate with them, produce a photo gallery, add video, and roll up results. The registry system is relatively simple, but if you need training to use this tool, we are offering webinars on December 7, 12 and January 4. You can sign up for the trainings at We hope that you will immediately go to and register your project.

Credit: MLK Stencil By Bonard Some rights reserved

First published  DECEMBER 19, 2006


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Protests in 2009 coincided with a new community policing program that brought peace.

Photo credit: Andrea Lypka

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Neighborhood protest
against violence

ST. PETERSBURG - A Bay Area community rallied together Saturday to stop violent crimes in their neighborhood.
Hundreds in St. Petersburg gathered at Bartlett Park, an area that has been plagued by shootings in the area just this year.
A long-running feud in a St. Pete neighborhood ended with 57 shots from two assault rifles into a home killing 8-year-old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton. About two weeks after that, another shooting at a recreation center sent a teenager to the hospital with two bullet wounds.
So Saturday, the community came together wanting violent crimes to end. Hundreds came out. The mayor, police chief, council members and other city officials were there, asking for the public's help in solving crimes.
Shenita Williams-Joseph was Whitehead-Hamilton's Aunt. The little girl was staying at her house when she was killed. Shinto is hoping her nieces death will help police in the future..
"They're going to solve a lot of cases due to Paris and other children. People are not going to be shutting up. They'll be talking to the police and sharing information," says Williams-Joseph.

People came out from all over the south side and throughout the city. Many neighborhood association leaders joined the march.

In 2006 a march from Bartlett Park carried a powerful message. Holding portraits of murder victims marchers called out for peace.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Making His Dream a Reality

Four decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led what would be his last campaign—a strike in Memphis, Tenn., involving hundreds of working people who dared to take a stand for dignity and respect on the job and a voice at work with AFSCME.During the strike, King spoke to the workers and reminded them of the dignity of their labor:"So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth."

Watch video of his speech here.

Tragically, King never witnessed the success the Memphis sanitation workers achieved. The 64-day strike ended with a union contract for 1,300 members of AFSCME Local 1733. The strike is credited with reviving a dormant union movement in Memphis and initiating a wave of public employee union organizing in other parts of the South.In honor of the strike’s 40th anniversary, the AFL-CIO is holding its 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance this weekend in Memphis. More than 900 union and civil rights activists are gathering to reaffirm their commitment to making King’s dream a reality.

Learn more here and here.

The weekend is devoted to community service projects serving the community that King worked to help—the poor and disadvantaged.AFL-CIO President John Sweeney will present a computer lab paid for by union members to a local elementary school, and AFSCME and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) will make contributions to schools and the Head Start program.“Working people across the country know that civil and worker rights go hand in hand, and that without the tools for a proper education, students can never go on to attain the kind of economic equality in which King and other leaders believed,” Sweeney said. A few years before the Memphis strike, King spoke of the importance of a strong labor movement in our country’s history. “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress,” he said.

This year, 40 years after Dr. King’s death, we ask ourselves, "How will things be for our children 40 years from NOW?" We owe it to him to keep up this fight—and that's exactly what we're planning to do.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Memphis strike, pick up Michael K. Honey’s book, “Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign” at the Union Shop Online.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Labor

Negroes are almost entirely a working people. There are pitifully few Negro millionaires, and few Negro employers. Our needs are identical with labor's needs — decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community. That is why Negroes support labor's demands and fight laws which curb labor. That is why the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.
AFL-CIO Convention, December 1961

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream—a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. That is the dream...
AFL-CIO Convention, December 1961

New economic patterning through automation is dissolving the jobs of workers in some of the nation's basic industries. This is to me a catastrophe. We are neither technologically advanced nor socially enlightened if we witness this disaster for tens of thousands without finding a solution. And by a solution, I mean a real and genuine alternative, providing the same living standards which were swept away by a force called progress, but which for some is destruction. The society that performs miracles with machinery has the capacity to make some miracles for men—if it values men as highly as it values machines.
UAW 25th Anniversary dinner, April 27, 1961
As I have said many times, and believe with all my heart, the coalition that can have the greatest impact in the struggle for human dignity here in America is that of the Negro and the forces of labor, because their fortunes are so closely intertwined.
Letter to Amalgamated Laundry Workers, January 1962

It is in this area (politics) of American life that labor and the Negro have identical interests. Labor has grave problems today of employment, shorter hours, old age security, housing and retraining against the impact of automation. The Congress and the Administration are almost as indifferent to labor's program as they are toward that of the Negro. Toward both they offer vastly less than adequate remedies for the problems which are a torment to us day after day.
UAW District 65 Convention, September 1962

At the turn of the century women earned approximately ten cents an hour, and men were fortunate to receive twenty cents an hour. The average work week was sixty to seventy hours. During the thirties, wages were a secondary issue; to have a job at all was the difference between the agony of starvation and a flicker of life. The nation, now so vigorous, reeled and tottered almost to total collapse. The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over our nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.
Illinois AFL-CIO Convention, October 1965

The South is labor's other deep menace. Lower wage rates and improved transportation have magnetically attracted industry. The wide-spread, deeply-rooted Negro poverty in the South weakens the wage scale there for the white as well as the Negro. Beyond that, a low wage structure in the South becomes a heavy pressure on higher wages in the North.
Illinois AFL-CIO Convention, October 1965

In the days to come, organized labor will increase its importance in the destinies of Negroes. Automation is imperceptibly but inexorably producing dislocations, skimming off unskilled labor from the industrial force. The displaced are flowing into proliferating service occupations. These enterprises are traditionally unorganized and provide low wage scales with longer hours. The Negroes pressed into these services need union protection, and the union movement needs their membership to maintain its relative strength in the whole society.
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? 1967

Today Negroes want above all else to abolish poverty in their lives, and in the lives of the white poor. This is the heart of their program. To end humiliation was a start, but to end poverty is a bigger task. It is natural for Negroes to turn to the Labor movement because it was the first and pioneer anti-poverty program. It will not be easy to accomplish this program because white America has had cheap victories up to this point. The limited reforms we have won have been at bargain rates for the power structure. There are no expenses involved, no taxes are required, for Negroes to share lunch counters, libraries, parks, hotels and other facilities. Even the more substantial reforms such as voting rights require neither monetary or psychological sacrifice. The real cost lies ahead. To enable the Negro to catch up, to repair the damage of centuries of denial and oppression means appropriations to create jobs and job training; it means the outlay of billions for decent housing and equal education.
Teamsters and Allied Trade Councils, New York City, May 1967

When there is massive unemployment in the black community, it is called a social problem. But when there is massive unemployment in the white community, it is called a Depression.
We look around every day and we see thousands and millions of people making inadequate wages. Not only do they work in our hospitals, they work in our hotels, they work in our laundries, they work in domestic service, they find themselves underemployed. You see, no labor is really menial unless you're not getting adequate wages. People are always talking about menial labor. But if you're getting a good (wage) as I know that through some unions they've brought it up...that isn't menial labor. What makes it menial is the income, the wages.
Local 1199 Salute to Freedom, March 1968

You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth.
AFSCME Memphis Sanitation Strike, April 3, 1968.

First published November 7, 2009

Monday, September 08, 2014

Salt Creek Kayak Trail, from Bayboro to Bartlett Park

Put in on the beach at Lassing Park and head North past the Coast Guard Base
Then head West into Bayboro Harbor
Turn South into Salt Creek

Heading South we see Fish Tales on 2nd Street. A great place to dock your boat but not yet kayak accessible.

Going under the Thrill Hill bridge on 3rd Street

Now we have gone past the developed shoreline. This beautiful green shore is made up of mangroves being overgrown by pepper trees.

We come to the end of the navigable section at the 4th Street bridge. A pipe under the bridge makes crossing unwise. This picture was taken during high tide in 2009. Today this bridge is being replaced and we hope the new structure allows us to navigate to the park.

Mike seems to be walking on water at the left. He found a quiet spot to fish while standing on a submerged pipe, giving a friendly greeting and warning to watch out for gators.
Photos by Joe Wagner, Baywatch, Ken Breslauer of Historic Sites and Architecture of St. Petersburg Florida

This postcard shows the park as it was first designed and maintained for 50 years. The open waterway, stately palms, flowering shrubs and expansive lawns said "Florida" to the winter visitors and snowbirds who made it their home. The mangroves have since come back to provide a home for wildlife and screen the kayak path from almost any hint that you are in a city. The downtown high rises poke out from the trees but its easy not to notice anything but nature. Neighborhood residents relax by the shore with their fishing poles.
Very minor pruning would open this trail up to provide us a wonderful new amenity.

Story by Sara Palmer, Neighborhood News Bureau in Neighborhood Times.

This bridge is all that remains of the Historic Wedgewood Inn

Salt Creek Restoration, before and after photos. click for photos